Unsolicited advice kinda comes along with horse ownership; I actually had an old cowboy tell me that Oily's Dressage saddle was inadequate for trail riding. "Really?!? Glad you told me that, guess we've just been lucky the last few years."
Alas, there is a lot of discrimination, involving both tack, and appearence. (And breed, but that's something for another thread.) In this part of the world, it is fashionable to dress like a cowboy when out for a ride; hat, boots, fringed chaps, a colorful bandanna, maybe even a larriet on the saddle horn. YeeHaw. One fellow I know even insists on strapping his six-shooter to his hip. All this for a walk in the park, but I guess ya never know when you might need to out-gun an errant tourist or somethin' :-) Funny thing is that the nearest most of these people ever get to a bovine is at the grocery store. What Ever.
I will comment that The Big Boy goes in a Dr. Cooks bridle. It took all of 15 minutes in the round pen to introduce it to him, and we've used it ever since. We _like_ it. But please don't try to tell us that it is somehow inadequate, we know better, and will simply lump you in with the original subjects of this thread.
ByeBye! Steve (and Oily, modeling his bitlessness while enjoying the Dawson Butte salad bar)
PS: George goes in a mechanical hackamore. His mechanical hackamore and no other, believe me I've tried. Don't know what we're gonna do when it wears out ;-)
Steve Jernigan KG0MB
University of Colorado